Before joining IBC George Bevir was facilities and technology editor at weekly UK magazine Broadcast where he launched Broadcast Tech, a bi-monthly magazine about the technology used to create and deliver TV. Before joining Broadcast he lived in Dubai where he wrote about the telecoms, media and technology industries in the Middle East and Africa. Before moving into journalism, George worked for Red Bee Media as a transmission scheduler.
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Netflix’s Schleich elected to serve as SMPTE standards VP
Florian Schleich has been elected to the role of SMPTE standards vice president, with responsibility for directing and supervising the standards projects of the Society.
- Daily News
Xytech acquired by private equity firm Banneker Partners
Facility management software provider Xytech has been acquired by software-focused private equity firm Banneker Partners.
Sky and BBC expand strategic partnership
The BBC and Sky have renewed and expanded their partnership that seeks to ensure prominence of BBC content on Sky’s platforms.
Netherlands to ease corona restrictions and travel rules
The Netherlands is to ease some of its Covid-19 restrictions and introduce a corona pass for entry to large events as it looks to further reopen the country.
Broadcast manufacturers report “severe” component shortages
Broadcast equipment manufacturers are battling with supply shortages, with as many as 40% of respondents to a recent IABM survey reporting a severe shortage in electrical components.
- Industry Trends
Shooting Radio 1’s Big Weekend
With the likes of Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, AJ Tracey and Ann-Marie taking to the stage for Radio 1’s Big Weekend, the challenges of capturing their performances amid coronavirus restrictions also presented new opportunities for the production team.
AT&T confirms merger of WarnerMedia with Discovery
AT&T has struck a deal to combine its WarnerMedia business with Discovery, with the aim of creating one of the largest global streaming players.
Premier League extends UK TV deal following Covid disruption
The Premier League has agreed to extend its current deal with UK broadcasters, rolling over the live and non-live agreements with Sky Sports, BT Sport, Amazon Prime and BBC Sport.
RTS announces programme awards winners
The Royal Television Society (RTS) has announced the winners of its Programme Awards 2021, with Michaela Coel picking up three wins for her BBC series I May Destroy You.
- Executive Interviews
Interview: Cara Sheppard, Twickenham Studios
After a majorly disrupted 2020, production in the UK looks to be well and truly back on track and Twickenham Studios, led by managing director Cara Sheppard, is keen capitalise.
Twickenham Film Studios appoints new technology director
Twickenham Film Studios has appointed Tomasz Witkowski as director of technology and engineering.
- Industry Trends
Q&A: The role of mentoring in helping women to Rise
IWD: As part of its efforts to boost gender diversity within the broadcast tech and services sector, in 2018 Rise launched a mentor scheme to help women advance their careers. IBC365 spoke with two graduates of the 2019 programme about its impact on their careers.
MovieLabs appoints Spencer Stephens to production technology and security role
Motion Pictures Laboratories (MovieLabs) has appointed Spencer Stephens to the role of Senior Vice President, Production Technology and Security.
NEP Group acquires VISTA Worldlink
NEP Group has acquired VISTA Worldlink, the US-based transmission service provider.
BBC leads RTS Programme Awards with 40 nominations
The RTS (Royal Television Society) has released the shortlisted nominations for the RTS Programme Awards 2021, with the BBC leading the way with 40 nominations.
Rise launches first-of-a-kind college mentoring programme
Rise has launched a mentoring programme for young women who are about to embark on a career in the broadcast media industry.
Honeycutt appointed chair of IBC Council
Former Discovery, Fox, and Google executive John Honeycutt has been appointed chair of the IBC Council.
IBC365 Themed Week: Media Supply Chain
IBC365’s latest themed week explores the vital role and key components of an effective media supply chain for all media organisations and content owners.
IBC extends Technical Paper submission deadline
The deadline for submitting a Technical Paper for the IBC2021 Conference has been extended to Monday 8 February.
IBC365 Themed Week: Flexible Production
IBC365 will explore the subject of flexible production during its first themed week of 2021, taking place 25-29 January.